I have had my dust collector high on my next thing to tackle list for some time now but am perplexed about what to do.
I purchased a 3HP Gorilla Oneida dust collector, made a stand for it so it does not have to go against the wall and made sure to get the metal drum.
That was all when i was still in my basement. Never got it hooked up.
Now finished shop and cannot decide how to connect it up with a permanent hookup. When i first planned my shop everything was going to be fixed. Now everything is looking more and more mobile.
There is a number of mistakes i have made that i hope others can learn by. I never really gave a great deal of thought into what i would really like to do in my shop so in the beginning it was just get it and sort it out later and make sure its big enough or flexible enough to handle most things.
Now i find the way i work, i could really get away with a portable unit.
Add to it since i bought mine the development of portable units for hobbyists has expanded and i see a couple of units that may better suite my needs.
Add to this i come to realize that in a couple of years from now i will be pretty much an empty nester well at least with regards to being near a school and its allowing my wife and i to think of moving out of the burbs and getting away from the compact box living. If that had to happen which is just a option on the horizon right now, then my shop would be no longer in its current form. This has me questioning my investment next investment in fixed ducting to hook up the dust collector once and for all.
Also if NN aint moved out by then i think we will high tail it life is too short to put up with "NN's".
Fortunately for us our house config and neighborhood is in very high demand so exit strategy is no problem.
What seemed like a big shop at the planning is actually pretty small when one gets all the tools in. (shop is 17x21 interior wall to wall)
I also note the cost of the latest Oneida 3Hp dust collectors has gone up significantly.
So i been thinking and need some input here. Should i put my unit up for sale see what i could get for it and roll that into a more mobile unit?
I had hoped that one day youngest son would be working in shop at same time as me then power would have been nice. But frankly i dont see it happening that way realistically.
Of course i would have to consider whether there would be a healthy market for my unit which has never ever been powered up yet. But regardless is still second hand and has no warranty now.
I had hoped for a floor sweep and other features of fixed dust collection but i am having my doubts now.
The other issue that has my back against the wall is the fire dept. This is probably the biggest cause even though i did not put it right up front. In their mind the rated spec which they looked up, is greater than spec and ???? as to whether i can have it inside. The code makes no provision for inside units. I just dont have the time or appetite for more city fights to get this sorted.
So what say the brain trust any advice, ideas and suggestions will be most appreciated and welcome. I really would like to deal with my dust collection before it deals with me. I feel very embarrassed by my failure to sort this out long long ago. Now its time to fish or cut bait.